6 Surprising North London Spots

Written by: Violet Myers

Don’t get us wrong, we love this city, we think it’s pretty ruddy fabulous to be honest, but the average London street can fall into the same dull pattern; newsagents, Chicken Cottage, newsagents, hairdresser, Chicken Cottage. Is it just us or is there a glitch in the Matrix? 
That’s why we’re so excited to see these surprising spots in North London, from the ‘eh?’ to the ‘what the?!”

Atsuko Kudo – Designer Latex Fetish Fashion

Holloway Road, N7 8JL

Up the street from pun-tastic Piebury Corner and sandwiched between tired looking estate agents lies North London’s kinkiest little secret. 
Selling high-end latex fashion, from mini dresses to eye patches, Atsuko Kudo caters to every fantasy, as long as it’s tight, shiny and you need a quart of talcum powder to get into it. Despite its modest surroundings the shop is constantly making headlines, boasting celebrity fans such as Daisy Lowe, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian. Kim K’s famous behind was photographed recently testing the limits of a pair of Atsuko Kudo’s latex leggings.

The Loading Bar – Gaming Bar
Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BX

So you’re half way through an eight hour C.O.D marathon, when you realise all that shouting abuse at newbs has left you rather parched. You’re in no mood for Ribena and a beer just won’t cut it, if only you had access to a bespoke, themed cocktail menu. Enter The Loading Bar, a venue packed with games of every genre, including an impressive collection of board games. The menu includes cocktails paying homage to everyone’s favourite games from the Earthworm Gin, Kicked to the Kirby, Assassin’s Meade and Skyrum.

Basement Gallery – Underground Supper Club
South Access Road, Walthamstow

What’s the nicest thing you’ve eaten on the tube? A sneaky mid-morning pack of Hula Hoops? A sad BLT you bought in a hurry at the station? How about a barley, lentil & mushroom ragout with griddled lamb neck and toasted brioche? Really blows those Hula Hoops out of the water, right?
 The Basement presents Underground Dining, a chance to enjoy a three course meal in a tarted up tube carriage. Menus are inspired by French and Scandinavian cuisine and prices start at £45 per person, we wonder if we get a discount with a railcard?

Cyberdog – Futuristic Rave Fashion
Chalk Farm Rd,  NW1 8AH

Any Camden locals will be well aware of this flashy shop, which is peculiarly popular among tourists. The shop stocks all of your raving needs, from silver hot pants, light up shoes, little fish, big fish and a selection of cardboard boxes. But what really makes Cyberdog surprising is the shop itself, the two story building is decked out like the set of Fifth Element, has pulsating lights, pumping music and dancing shop assistants.

Photos: Nikoreto

North by Northwest Pub – Alfred Hitchcock Themed Pub
New North Road, N1 7BJ

So he may not have been the fittest director to devote your walls to, but no one could deny old Hitch was an icon. Inside this humble pub lies a shrine most fitting to the master of suspense, with floors to ceilings decked out with portraits, stuffed birds, low flying aeroplanes and quotes by the late auteur. The pub is also equipped for table tennis, well if there’s one thing Hitch knew it was ping pong.

Jacksons Lane – Contemporary Circus Venue
Archway Road, N6 5AA

A North London theatre and performance venue offering some of the most weird and wonderful circus shows on offer. We’re talking freaky, bendy, flying around the room craziness, call your mother and tell her you won’t be home for tea, you’re running away with the circus.

All circus images: Paul Rider

Close up of brisket burger being held in two hands at Brave Sir Robin for North Four Magazine
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Eat/Drink: A Love Letter to Cue Point and Brave Sir Robin

When danger reared its ugly head, Brave Sir Robin turned and fled… to his namesake pub on Crouch Hill for a craft beer and a top-notch meal from kitchen residency Cue Point. Warm globes of light hang above intimate booths, specially commissioned wall design offers a rich backdrop, and cosy sofas, deep armchairs and plentiful cushioned stools ensure no one is without a seat.

Bahn Mi Baguette at Pho Hot Vietnamese restaurant in Holloway North London shot for North Four Magazine.
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Banh Mi and Friends at Pho Hot Holloway

Flocking to Holloway Road on one of the many Sundays that we’ve spent at the Nag’s Head Car Boot Sale, we spotted a new Vietnamese place called Pho Hot getting ready to open up their doors. Being the nosy folks we are, we peeked inside and spotted a menu. Banh Mi was on it. It's a baguette, but not as you know it. Glory of all glories! It’s been far too long since I last consumed this distinctive sarnie and I'm happy as Larry that there's a new Banh Mi joint on my doorstep.

Lee Garrett standing on stairs with window in background for North Four Magazine

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Illustration of tank with duck in it reading 'peace is coming' at Atom Gallery for North Four Magazine

Tomorrow's World at Atom Gallery

Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.

Brave Sir Robin Opening 14th December 2017
Eat & Drink

Local Thinking, Craft Beer Drinking: Brave Sir Robin Launches in Crouch Hill

Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.

Back of persons head with cigarette tucked over ear

Body Hammer: Clubbing, but not how you know it

Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon

Close up of person shoving a stuffed potato skin into her mount at Skins in The Magic Roundabout for North Four Magazine
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Go Your Own Way at Skins' Fleetwood Mac & Cheese Night

Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.

Christmas Gift Guide by Pretty Shiny Shop in Stroud Green North London
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A Very Pretty Shiny Christmas Gift Guide

Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.

Three people clinking plastic glasses in the air in a tent with people in the background at Thor's Tipi Bar in Regent's Place
Eat & Drink Events

Drink, Feast, Conquer, Repeat. Thor's Tipi Bar Has Arrived.

Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.

Girl peeking through gold and pink balloons at Top Balloon in Shop Stroud Green for North Four Magazine
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Shop Stroud Green Christmas Trail 2017

Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!

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Top 4 'Christmas is just a bad excuse for a' Winter Markets

By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.

The Vinteriors team and Mary le Comte at Moseyhome in Finsbury Park, North London for 'Style My Shop'.

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Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.

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Top Five "It's That Time Of Year Again" Things To Do This Winter

Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!

Hand feeling colourful splashes of artwork at Smith and Sinclair Flavour Gallery
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Suck it at The Flavour Gallery

Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!

Hodgepodge on Crouch Hill, North London. New restaurant opening November 2017
Eat & Drink

New Opening: Hodgepodge Crouch Hill

Offering modern British cuisine with a smokey twist, Crouch Hill's newest contender to its foodie scene, Hodge Podge, is all minimal styling and hearty yet inventive dishes.